Tuesday’s 21/1 Trainer Treble

Newcastle Racecourse

The weather means there’s limited action on in the early part of this week. Racing on the All-Weather at Chelmsford and Newcastle should still go ahead though.

Here’s three runners who caught the eye from yard’s enjoying productive periods. We’re just a month away from Cheltenham now, and we’ve had a look at the claims of Benie Des Dieux in the Champion Hurdle, as well as a review of the weekend’s action and its effect on Cheltenham.

Night Voyager

2.05 Chelmsford

James Tate had forty winners on the All-Weather from just 179 runners in 2019. Fourteen of those came at Chelmsford from just fifty mounts. His colt NIGHT VOYAGER visits the Essex venue this afternoon for a seven-furlong maiden event.

The son of Dandy Man was sent off just 4/1 on his debut at Lingfield. Well backed there, he could only finish sixth. However, he wasn’t beaten far at all, shaping positively after a slow start. The inexperience on show there suggests that he’ll be better equipped for his assignment today, and he shaped as if a switch to a more galloping track would suit having made late headway.

He’s partnered today by Silvestre De Sousa, whose ridden two winners from his last three rides at Chelmsford. That includes his first ride back from a period riding abroad four days ago. In what is a very weak event, the colt could well provide the answer.

Discovery Island

7.20 Newcastle

Since the beginning of 2016, thirteen of Charlie Appleby’s thirty mounts at Newcastle have landed the odds. Godolphin’s trainer has an impressive strike rate when he sends his charges north, and his DISCOVERY ISLAND sets the standard in this mile novice contest.

The son of Dubawi, out of a Listed winning mare, has filled the runner-up spot in both starts over a mile. He was denied by just a neck by a colt now rated 103 on debut, and after a midfield effort over seven furlongs, was headed in the dying stages at Newmarket by a short priced favourite back in September.

Judged on RPRs, the three-year-old has eleven pounds in hand over his nearest rival. He’s rated 88, a mark that suggests he’s more than capable of shedding his maiden tag tonight. With the Appleby yard’s last six runners in the UK yielding two winners and three runner-ups, all looks set for a big run.


7.50 Newcastle

The Oxfordshire based Heather Main yard has operated at a £48.58 Profit/Loss at Newcastle over the past five years. Nine winners from just thirty five mounts have contributed a large part to their fifty-five winners in the whole of the UK over that period in time.

One of those winners was MERWEB, who scored at the Tapeta course back in December 2018. He’s now just a pound above that winning mark and has hit the frame in his last three starts.

The handicapper has nudged him up a pound for his latest narrow defeat. The presence of Ellie MacKenzie onboard is a huge bonus though, claiming a sizeable seven-pounds. The five-year-old is far from prolific, but his jockey’s claim looks invaluable in this contest. A deserved return to winning ways looks a distinct possibility.

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